Outdoor Skills Fall 2017

The Birch School is excited to be offering an OUTDOOR SKILLS program this fall.  8 Sessions in September, October and November.  (dates on reg form below)

$225 + $15 Registration fee.

Tuesday afternoons for 12-17 year olds

Friday afternoons for 7-11 year olds.

11:45 – 2:30  Please bring a packed lunch and a water bottle.

Learn how to make fire, debris hut shelters, bow and arrows and more with nothing more than your own two hands and what you find in the woods.   Learn to use a bow drill, make arrow heads, forage for food, and more.

We will begin and end our meetings at The Birch School.  From there we will travel to a location in Stewart Preserve or other local forest or park for the afternoon.  Our group will travel together in the Birch School van.

We ask participants to bring a packed lunch to eat with the group before they leave school or when the group arrives at their location.  We will be outdoors in ALL WEATHER so please dress accordingly.

Class is led by Joe Blevis with assistance from Birch School staff.  Joe’s goals are to reconnect young people to nature, and reawaken their primitive instincts.   Joe learned Earth skills at Tracker School in New Jersey, taking classes and interning there for eight months. Since then he has taught skills to children and teens at Children of the Earth Foundation as well as a short time at Twin Eagles Wilderness School.   Joe says “essentially, what I’m hoping to do with these classes is, even if only for a few hours, bring everyone into the present moment and reconnect them with nature”.


Joe Blevis is part of Earth Living Skills  a group of Outdoor Educators and Instructors bringing these skills to people in the tri-state area.

Class size is limited to 12 students with 2 instructors.